Saturday, June 26, 2010

Your thoughts have given me such comfort

My recent past has been stressful and emotionally draining, I do feel at peace.  With the kindness of a stranger, I have most of my questions answered.  I would have loved a happier outcome but this is the hand I've been dealt, I can move on. And what better way to close this post than with this favorite of mine from the 70's!


Desiderata
-- written by Max Ehrmann  --
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

4 comments:

Pumpkin said...

I'm happy to hear that you can Berta :o)

Karen said...

I'm glad that you are able to move on. The poem is very fitting.

陳淳 said...

成熟,就是有能力適應生活中的模糊。....................................................................

Alberta said...

說得好 - 由於停止了。

which means

Well said...thanks for stopping by.